Mission Valley resident walks in on burglary, is violently attacked in home

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Mission Valley resident said he was attacked after entering his home and finding two burglars inside.

The victim told 10News he walked into his apartment unit at around 10 p.m. on Oct. 19 and was immediately hit in the head with a baseball bat.

“Since I didn’t fall down, he struck me a second time on the side of my head, and then, again, I didn’t fall down,” the victim said.

While in the dark, the victim managed to pin the attacker down, but he didn’t realize a second man was inside armed with a handgun.

“I could see that it was fully retracted, so it was slid all the way back. And at that point, he kept trying to discharge it, so he kept lunging like he was discharging it … the weapon never fired,” the victim told 10News.

The victim said he was then able to grab the bat again.

“I immediately got up [and] I swung the bat to hit him just to give me enough time to get out the front door and then I ran out yelling for help,” he said.

By the time police arrived, the two burglars were gone with two suitcases full of items.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a concussion and a gash that required plenty of stitches.

He told 10News he feels lucky to be alive after the ordeal.

“I’m just beyond grateful that I’m here because that was a split-second in my life where I legitimately felt that that was the end of my life,” he said. “Hopefully, they catch these individuals and make sure this doesn’t happen to anybody else.”

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